Originally created 06/27/04

Across the area



Knife wound leads to arrest

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a Blythe woman Friday after a man said she threw a paring knife at him during an argument.

Wade E. Freeman, 21, of the 2000 block of Hoodschapel Road in Blythe, told authorities he and Beatrice E. Fortner, 24, his roommate, began arguing at about 4:30 p.m. Friday, according to a sheriff's office report.

Mr. Freeman said Ms. Fortner threw a black paring knife at him, striking him in the left forearm, the report said.

Authorities charged her with simple battery.

Woman sees cyclist fire handgun into air

An Augusta woman told Richmond County sheriff's deputies a man fired a weapon twice in the air Friday.

According to a sheriff's office report, Mary C. Butler, 37, said an acquaintance rode by on a bicycle in the 1100 block of Emmett Street at about 10:30 p.m. and shouted at her.

He then fired a shot in the air from a handgun and then fired again at Walton Way and Emmett Street, the report said.

Warrenton, Augusta get business grants

More than $97,000 in federal funding was awarded to Warrenton to support small-business expansion.

Augusta also was given a $52,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration as part of Friday's congressional funding, according to a news release from U.S. Rep. Max Burns' office.

The money allocated to Augusta will support the CSRA Regional Development Center's economic development planning program.

The Warrenton Downtown Development Authority will use its funds to construct new infrastructure.

8-year-old says teen neighbor mooned her

An 8-year-old Augusta girl told police that a neighborhood boy mooned her, a sheriff's report states.

The girl said the teen yelled her name on Warren Street. When she looked, the boy pulled down his pants and exposed his buttocks.

The girl told police the boy lives across the street from her and is in his early teens. Deputies could not find anyone at the boy's home.

Motorist shoots out window at business

A shattered window at the Staples store on Robert C. Daniel Parkway in Augusta resulted from someone driving by and shooting toward the store, a sheriff's report states.

Deputies responded to a burglary alarm at the store and found the front window damaged and evidence it had been shot out. A witness across the street told police he saw someone in a blue Ford Explorer shoot the window out and leave. Damage was estimated at $400.

Post prepares party for Independence Day

Fort Gordon will hold its Independence Day celebration from 3 to 10 p.m. Thursday at Freedom Park and on Barton Field. Events include a fireworks and laser show at 9:45 p.m., carnival games, a craft show, live bands, a petting zoo, games and rides for children, and food and beverages.

The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band will perform the 1812 Overture, with live cannon fire.

The event is open to the public, but everyone must have picture identification.